Medical staff checking on a Covid-19 coronavirus patient at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province.

March 8 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:07 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020
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8:14 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Trump is "not concerned at all” as virus impacts CPAC, DC

“I’m not concerned at all.”

That was President Donald Trump's response to reporters who asked if he was worried about being exposed to coronavirus after an attendee at CPAC, which he had been to, tested positive for the virus and Washington, DC announced a presumptive positive case.

The President was also asked if he would consider canceling political rallies with the virus spreading, but he said no.

“We’ll have tremendous rallies. We’re doing very well. We’ve done a fantastic job, with respect to that subject, on the virus,” Trump said.

The President was speaking alongside Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ahead of their dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

8:14 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

China has made eating wild animals illegal after the coronavirus outbreak. But there's a loophole

From CNN's Ben Westcott and Shawn Deng

The first outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, has been linked to a wet market where a wide range of wild animals were on sale.

It isn't the first time a deadly viral outbreak has been linked to one of China's wildlife markets. The 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak was believed to have originated in a similar market, in the southern province of Guangzhou.

In a bid to prevent further epidemics, a strict ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals is being rolled out across China by the government.

Even though it is unclear which animal transferred the virus to humans -- bat, snake and pangolin have all been suggested -- China has acknowledged it needs to bring its lucrative wildlife industry under control to prevent another outbreak.

Ending the trade will be hard. The cultural roots of China's use of wild animals run deep, not just for food but also for clothing, ornaments and even pets.

And the government is leaving space in its ban for the continued use of wild animals in traditional medicine.

Read the full article here.

7:58 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Two new presumptive positive cases in Florida

Two new presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the US state of Florida, according to a tweet from the Florida Department of Health.

One new case was reported in Okaloosa County and one in Volusia County, the tweet said.

Both people have a recent history of travel and are in isolation, according to the tweet.

Florida now has 11 cases of the virus. For a state breakdown of coronavirus cases, click here.

Presumptive positive is a term that refers to cases which have tested positive in a public health laboratory but are pending confirmation from the CDC. Confirmed cases have received positive results from the CDC.

7:51 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Argentina reports first coronavirus death in South America

From CNN’s Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

A 64-year-old man diagnosed with the novel coronavirus after traveling to Europe died in Argentina on Saturday, according to the Argentine health ministry.

It marks the first reported in South America, according to tallies of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths worldwide maintained by the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University and CNN.

The health ministry reported that the man, a resident of Buenos Aires, returned to Argentina from Europe on February 25 and suffered from additional conditions.

The man presented himself to a health center on March 4 and had been hospitalized since, according to state-run Telam news agency.

7:41 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses in China, trapping 70 people

Search and rescue efforts are underway after about 70 people were trapped in a hotel collapse Saturday night in southeastern China, officials in the city of Quanzhou said.

The hotel was used as a coronavirus quarantine center, People's Daily and other state media outlets confirmed.

Thirty-three people had been rescued from the debris by 9:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), the city's government said in a statement. Another 10 were rescued over the next three hours, People's Daily reported, and search efforts were ongoing.

Quanzhou is about 600 miles from Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, where more than 3,000 people have died from the virus.

No fatalities have been reported in the building collapse.

It wasn't immediately clear why the building collapsed.

7:40 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Woman "terrified" that her grandmother's lifesaving prescriptions will run out on Grand Princess

Melissa Fuller's grandmother and great aunt are both stuck on the Grand Princess ship, which remains 50 miles off the coast of San Francisco due to concerns about the novel coronavirus.

Fuller told CNN on Saturday that her 84-year-old grandmother suffers from vascular dementia and congestive heart failure, and has a mechanical heart valve. She is completely dependent on a cocktail of medication, Fuller said.

When the family heard about the ship being prevented from docking they began trying to get more medication to her, but have had little success connecting with the ship's doctor, she said.

“We’re terrified,” Fuller said. “They are the elderly, immunocompromised, at-risk population. They should never have been allowed to board this boat in the first place.”

Twenty-one people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus onboard the Grand Princess.

7:31 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

If you're just joining us, here's the latest on the coronavirus outbreak

Over 100,000 infections: The novel coronavirus has now killed nearly 3,500 people, and infected over 101,400, according to CNN's tally -- the vast majority in mainland China.

Coronavirus hotel collapse: Search and rescue efforts are underway after about 70 people were trapped in a hotel collapse Saturday night in southeastern China, officials in the city of Quanzhou said. The hotel was used as a coronavirus quarantine center.

US cases top 400: There are now at least 437 cases of the virus in the United States, with 30 states announcing confirmed or presumptive positive cases. The US has recorded 17 deaths linked to the virus.

New York declares state of emergency: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in order to have “a more expedited purchasing and testing protocol." Thirteen more cases were reported in New York on Saturday, bringing the state total to 89.

Italy considering lockdown: The Italian cabinet is discussing a draft proposal that could potentially put people in the region of Lombardy and 11 other provinces in northern Italy under lockdown due to coronavirus, according to a close adviser to one of the ministers attending the cabinet meeting. Italy saw a dramatic increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases today, with a rise of 1,247 in a single day.

CPAC attendee tests positive: One of the attendees at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, tested positive for coronavirus. There's no indication that President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the event, "met with or were in close proximity to the attendee."

Grand Princess cruise: A critically ill passenger and her husband were "medically disembarked" from the Grand Princess cruise ship by the US Coast Guard. Twenty-one people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus aboard the cruise ship, which is in quarantine off the California coast.

Life Care Center: Seventy employees at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, are showing symptoms of novel coronavirus, according to Tim Killian, spokesperson for the facility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided "extra nurses, practitioners and doctors" to the facility.

Egyptian cruise ship: A quarantined cruise ship in Egypt carrying 171 people now has 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to state-run Al-Ahram news agency. The Luxor Nile traveled from Aswan to Luxor, where it is now docked.

And if you're told to self-quarantine, here's what you need to know.